Johnny B. Moore
Last year Delmark released Live at Blue Chicago, a couple sets of lackluster material. Using some of the same musicians, Moore extends his range dramatically on Troubled World, contributing two originals (the title track a reprise from his 1987 LP that benefits, as do two others, from the presence of a three-man horn section) and working out on themes by Muddy Waters (a bouncy "Walkin' Through the Park") and Sonny Boy Williamson (an assertive "Keep It to Yourself"), both with fine piano solos by Ken Saydak.
In addition to "you done me wrong" songs -- McKinley Mitchell's "Sittin' Here Thinkin' " and his own "Why You Wanna Do Me Like That" -- Moore does a great job of stretching out on Guitar Slim's "The Things That I Used to Do" (solid piano solo from Roosevelt Purifoy) and the cautionary "Think Twice."
-- Miles Jordan